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[Tochigi]Utsunomiya Futaarayama Shrine “the shrine, warlords prayed for victory “2013.11.22

Since its foundation 1600 years ago, Utsunomiya Futaarayama Shrine had been the sacred place where feudal warlords visited to offer a prayer for their victory before the battles that changed the course of Japanese history.

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The shrine stands on the top of Mt. Myojin located in Utsunomiya city, Tochigi. Because there are several other shrines named “ Futaarayama” in nearby area, the name of the location “ Utsunomiya” is often included in avoiding confusion.Visitors may feel overwhelmed by looking at the 25ft torii gate and 95 steps to the main area of the shrine. Yet it is worth sweating for few minutes to appreciate 12 small shrines entrusted as part of Futaarayama Shrine and significant cultural properties such as the 600-year-old iron helmet and the iron statue of a guardian dog made in 1277.

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The shrine offers Japanese Shinto style wedding service. If you are lucky, you’ll get to see a couple wearing beautiful kimonos, walk up to the main shrine with their family.

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